Wednesday, May 9, 2012

GETTING OLD WITH BEADWORK

Let's be honest, getting old is not for the faint of heart. I've just gotten home from a two week trip where I was helping my brother and sister with my 89 year old Dad. He had fallen and had broken his hip and he is not in good shape. Of all the the things that come with getting older, watching your parents ultimate decline is one of the hardest. Nothing you can do... As always with these family gatherings there was a lot of going through old photos and I snagged a few to share with you. These are of a young me, living in a ramshackle cabin in Haines Alaska and yes, doing beadwork. I see that I was beading on Smoked moose hide, red felt, and canvas. Looks like this was before I figured out the drawing on paper method and I was putting my design right on the canvas / felt / smoked moosehide. My little critters look so amateurish but still have a whimsy that is appealing. I suppose my point in all this rambling is that it's nice to know that getting old also has it's perks. The beadwork has matured to a place where I am challenged every day but I also seem to know what I'm doing. You have to be grateful for the good things...




7 comments:

  1. It is hard to see our parents getting older. Every time I go visit my Mother see seems to shrink more and more.

    You work as a young woman is very impressive & to work on hide...wow! I was sewing on old clothes when I was younger. Aren't we lucky to live now when there is nice things to work with

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  2. Its hard to watch our parents age. Hard to see that we are too. I often think of my parents at my age. I hope I live longer than they did. Thanks for sharing the picture and your thoughts about them.

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  3. Thanks for sharing a "younger" you!!! Thoughts and prayers for you dad. It's quite difficult to go through for everyone.

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  4. So, you've always been an awesome beader Miss Kate... i hope my beading improves with age.....oops, age has already caught up with me, oh well, in my next life maybe! Sorry your Dad is going through such a rough time, life just takes it toll, sometimes harder on some more than others. Hang in there Kiddo, we love ya!!

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  5. i remember those 77 stairs! my mom gets a little confused these days. The beadwork has come a long way!

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